obstetrics

[ uh b-ste-triks ]
/ əbˈstɛ trɪks /
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noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of medical science concerned with childbirth and caring for and treating women in or in connection with childbirth. Abbreviation: OB, ob

Nearby words

  1. obstetrical hand,
  2. obstetrical paralysis,
  3. obstetrically,
  4. obstetrician,
  5. obstetrician-gynecologist,
  6. obstinacy,
  7. obstinance,
  8. obstinate,
  9. obstinately,
  10. obstipation

Origin of obstetrics

First recorded in 1810–20; see origin at obstetrical, -ics

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British Dictionary definitions for obstetrics

obstetrics

/ (ɒbˈstɛtrɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the branch of medicine concerned with childbirth and the treatment of women before and after childbirth
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Word Origin and History for obstetrics

obstetrics

n.

"science of midwifery," 1819, from obstetric (adj.); also see -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for obstetrics

obstetrics

[ ŏb-stĕtrĭks, əb- ]

n.

The branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the recuperative period following delivery.

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Science definitions for obstetrics

obstetrics

[ ŏb-stĕtrĭks ]

The branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth.
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Culture definitions for obstetrics

obstetrics

[ (uhb-ste-triks) ]

A branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy, labor, and the period of recovery following childbirth.

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